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New York City: Rail Service for LaGuardia Airport (Finally)

Posted by Joe Gentle on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

LaGuardia AirTran - Courtesy of NY.gov

New York City’s airports will get a major facelift with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda.

The announcement shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that LaGuardia recently suffered some very public infrastructure criticisms. Add to that over $5 billion in one-off legal settlements from Wall Street recently awarded to New York State, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for infrastructure investment.  

Governor Cuomo’s statewide infrastructure strategy, Building a New New York, proposes investment in the NYC-area Metropolitan Transportation Authority, several new rail stations, maintenance and repairs on key bridges, and a $500-million program to bolster broadband throughout the state.

Foremost in the plan, however, are New York’s two major international airports, LaGuardia and JFK, both of which are located in Queens, NYC. In addition to redesigning the airports themselves, Cuomo is proposing to revamp public transportation linking both airports to the rest of civilization, and the plan finally includes a rail connection for LaGuardia Airport.

The news should come as a relief for anyone who’s ever landed in or flown out of LaGuardia–while JFK offers an easy AirTran connection to the subway (and thus to any conceivable destination in the NYC metro area), LaGuardia has no rail service, and depending on the time of arrival, travelers have to choose between an expensive taxi ride and an epic transit adventure that starts with a bus and often includes two or more connections.

The proposed AirTran route, pictured below, will depart from the Mets-Willets Point station on the No. 7 line and go directly to the LaGuardia airport. Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for giving New Yorkers one less thing to complain about.

 LaGuardia AirTran Route: Courtesy of NY.gov

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